Although George Thorogood and The Destroyers are no longer the Delaware Destroyers, they will always be ours here in the Philadelphia region. The bandmates still have ties to the area (drummer Jeff Simon calls Bucks County home) and anybody who has been around for four or five decades has a story about seeing the band at The Stone Balloon in Newark, Dobbs on South St. or The Chadds Ford Tavern.
For more than 40 years, the band has been bringing its brand of rockin’ blues to the masses, and George knows better than most how to bring his A game. This 40 Years and Still Strong anniversary tour is proof of that. In the words of the band’s merchandise director Mike, “they are always going to rock with unmitigated might!!”
There are always plenty of sing-along moments with the GT repertoire standards including Bad to the Bone, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer and Move it on Over. Every now and then a surprise or two is thrown in (most recently Tequila). With 16 studio albums, there’s quite a bit from which to choose.
George may sing a lot of drinking songs but he sure stays fit and lean. He is a showman through and through with swagger, confidence and a great band to back him up.
Rhythm section Bill Blough (bass) and Jeff Simon (drums) have been with George since the beginning days, and there is an ease on stage that comes with thousands of performances together. Simon says that they all feel blessed to be able to do this every day and get paid for it.
George Thorogood: Lead and Slide Guitar/vocals
Bill Blough: Bass
Jeff Simon: Drums
Jim Suhler: Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Leach: Sax
George Thorogood and The Destroyers
House of Blues/Atlantic City
Doors open 8 p.m., show at 9 pm.
$42-$63 (fees included)